Yes I know you must be wondering where I have been. Well as it turns out I have been trudging through the last of my assessments for my masters degree (fingers crossed). Does this mean I haven’t cooked for the last month. Certainly not, it just means that I have been cooking to eat quickly and haven’t had time to think, plan and photograph my meals and baked goodies. In fact most of my recent food has revolved around large helpings of chocolate eaten at a computer while trying to construct sensible, analytical and compelling arguments about topics that seemed at the time of choosing them incredibly interesting, but now feel tedious.
So at last I have no new classes to attend, no more essays to write and I can cook, read and engage in other purely recreational activities without guilt…at least in the beginning. Already I can feel the apprehension building about looking down the barrel of a new year with no firm goals in mind. The Christmas festivities will guide me through the early months post purpose but then what? Yes mindfulness and living in the present are absolutely skills that elude me, except when baking.
The following recipe came off a magnet given to me by Mutti after one of her and dad’s road trips. The cookies are delicious, chewy, crispy and most importantly big and chunky. I made these the day I handed in my last essay, they are easy to make and remind you how good the simple things can be.
What are your goals? Are you good at living in the present?
Chocolate Chip and Oat Cookies
Courtesy of Long Track Pantry Jugiong
- 150 gms of butter
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats
1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 cup of plain flour
- 1 cup of chocolate chips
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp of baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy
3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined
4. Put all the remaining dry ingredients in to the butter mixture and fold to combine.
5. Using a spoon and your hands form the mixture into balls and place on a lined oven tray. Flatten slightly. They will spread.
6. Cook for 10 mins or until just golden.